Port Hope Conversion Facility – Temporary Pump Installation

(Port Hope, Ontario – September 24, 2020) - The Port Hope Conversion Facility (PHCF) has been experiencing a buildup of algae and other debris on the cooling water intake screens at the west wall of the Port Hope harbour approach channel. To help mitigate the issue until Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) commences harbour dredging in the short term, a temporary pump installations will be operated from within the fence line of the PHCF. CNL is conducting work in the harbour as part of the Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) project to clean up historic contamination in Port Hope.

The intake lines will be positioned along the west wall of the Port Hope harbour approach channel within the CNL harbour work zone enclosure which is bounded by a wave attenuator installation. The temporary pump installations will pump water to the south of the wave attenuator using an overland route and discharge within the existing PHCF cooling water intake screen structure immediately south of the CNL wave attenuator installation.

Operations are anticipated to be temporary, as required, to maintain target cooling water pump house water levels.

The use of the temporary pump installations is anticipated to start as early as October 16, 2020 and end by approximately November 30, 2020.

There is no impact to the public. The work will not interfere with navigation within the Port Hope harbour, as navigation is currently prevented due the CNL harbour work zone, and navigation to the Port Hope harbour from Lake Ontario is prevented due to the wave attenuator installation.

For further information, please contact:

Cameco Corporation
Sara Forsey